Gary Numan ‎– The Pleasure Principle

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Airlane 3:18
Metal 3:33
Complex 3:14
Films 4:09
M.E. 5:37
Tracks 2:52
Observer 2:53
Conversation 7:38
Cars 3:53
Engineers 4:00

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BEGA 10 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album) Beggars Banquet BEGA 10 UK 1979 Sell This Version
218784 Gary Numan El Principio De Placer(Cass, Album) WEA International Inc. 218784 Argentina 1979 Sell This Version
208784 Gary Numan El Principio De Placer(LP, Album) WEA International Inc. 208784 Argentina 1979 Sell This Version
208784, Bega 10 Gary Numan El Principio De Placer(LP, Album, Promo) WEA, WEA 208784, Bega 10 Argentina 1979 Sell This Version
TP 38-120 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(8-Trk, Album) ATCO Records TP 38-120 US 1979 Sell This Version
INT 446.522 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(Cass, Album) Beggars Banquet INT 446.522 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
BEGC 10 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(Cass, Album) Beggars Banquet BEGC 10 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
CS 38-120 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(Cass, Album) ATCO Records CS 38-120 US 1979 Sell This Version
BEGC 10 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(Cass, Album, Bla) Beggars Banquet BEGC 10 UK 1979 Sell This Version
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BEGC 10 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(Cass, Album, Blu) Beggars Banquet BEGC 10 UK 1979 Sell This Version
39 592-1 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(Cass, Album, Club) Beggars Banquet 39 592-1 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
BEGC 10, BEG C10 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(Cass, Album, Red) Beggars Banquet, Beggars Banquet BEGC 10, BEG C10 UK 1979 Sell This Version
CS 38-120 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(Cass, Album, SR,) ATCO Records CS 38-120 US 1979 Sell This Version
P-10755A, Bega 10 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album) Atlantic, Beggars Banquet P-10755A, Bega 10 Japan 1979 Sell This Version
660.049 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album) Beggars Banquet 660.049 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
BEGA 10, K 50646 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album) Beggars Banquet, Beggars Banquet BEGA 10, K 50646 UK 1979 Sell This Version
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BEGA 10, K 50646 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album, Fre) Beggars Banquet, Beggars Banquet BEGA 10, K 50646 UK 1979 Sell This Version
SD 38-120 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album, MO) ATCO Records SD 38-120 US 1979 Sell This Version
P-10755A Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album, Promo) Atlantic P-10755A Japan 1979 Sell This Version
SD 38-120 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album, Promo, SP) ATCO Records, Beggars Banquet SD 38-120 US 1979 Sell This Version
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BEGA 10 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album, W/Lbl) Beggars Banquet BEGA 10 UK 1979 Sell This Version
S-1161A Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Foot Print S-1161A Malaysia 1980 Sell This Version
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BBLC 10 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(Cass, Album, RE, Tra) Beggars Banquet BBLC 10 UK 1988 Sell This Version
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BBL 10 CD Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(CD, Album, RE, RM) Beggars Banquet BBL 10 CD US 1998 Sell This Version
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ElekHaus

ElekHaus

October 8, 2018
edited 7 days ago
referencing The Pleasure Principle, LP, Album, MO, SD 38-120
The drumming by Cedric Sharpley is top notch. He plays what the song needs, with variations in each pattern, and never overplays. And love the liquid bass lines by Paul Gardiner, especially on "Metal" and "Films". The viola/violin by Payne and Currie (and the piano on "Tracks" and "Complex") adds a human touch to the music, a stark contrast to the coldness of the synths and Numan's android persona. The moment "Airlane" kicks in you know you are in for a real treat. This album has aged very well, and it showcases the massive sound of the old Polymoog and ARP synths. I can't believe music press derided Numan so heavily at the time, going by what he has said in his interviews. There is an obvious "man-machine" link from Kraftwerk present in some of Numan's aesthetics, but he was no Bowie clone (a criticism sometimes voiced). Bowie had his electronic phase with the album "Low" and the second side of "Heroes", which are fantastic but share little relation to Numan.

Side note on electronic influence: The 1989 Trax records release "Ride" is really by house music veterans Virgo Four, but released under the name M.E. This may be a dual reference: the names of original Virgo Four members Merwyn and Eric, and the track "M.E.", which appeared on The Pleasure Principle.
sheweytraxdotcom

sheweytraxdotcom

October 1, 2018
edited 1 day ago
referencing The Pleasure Principle, LP, Album, MO, SD 38-120
This LP was a huge influence to so many electronic musicians. "Metal" alone is so dope. It had that funk without really even trying to be funky if that makes any sense. Classic album, hard to believe this was 1979!
TropicalDandy

TropicalDandy

September 26, 2018
referencing The Pleasure Principle, LP, Album, RE, BBQLP 10

A fantastically crappy reissue. One of the noisiest new vinyls I've ever heard.
chunkyricesushi

chunkyricesushi

March 4, 2018
referencing The Pleasure Principle, LP, Album, BEGA 10
Some real grumps reviewing this LP! Not all the tracks are golden, but "Films", "Metal", "Cars" are awesome. Check out the bass and drums on "Films", absolutely cracking. Of the others, a couple drag a bit, but the majority are very decent. This LP is a must have for the standout tracks alone.
speed808

speed808

September 19, 2015
referencing The Pleasure Principle, LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RM, 180, VIN180LP002
Will be reissued again on vinyl next month (October 2015) under BB's new sub-label "The Arkive" with what should be the same great mastering (by Loud). Hopefully with non-scratching inner sleeves. Replicas and Telekon as well but no Tubeway Army as of right now.
stevenaaron

stevenaaron

February 12, 2015
referencing The Pleasure Principle, LP, Album, BEGA 10
Repetitive at times with bits of gold thrown in throughout; worth buying cheap
oceancloud

oceancloud

September 7, 2013
referencing The Pleasure Principle, LP, Album, BEGA 10
Totally disagree with your review, this album is a classic which I never get bored of listening to!
postpunkmonk

postpunkmonk

January 30, 2008
edited over 6 years ago
referencing The Pleasure Principle, CD, Album, RE, RM, Nim, BBL 10 CD
On his third real album in sequence, Numan eschews guitars completely and that gives this release a monochromatic coloration. The peppy instro “Airlane” starts things off well enough but the plodding mid-tempos of the rest of the tracks seriously sap the energy level here with their bland sameness. Then “Conversation” hits and all bets are off. Extending the previous song format for a long six minutes just about puts me past the breaking point!

The sole US hit single “Cars” then came as a breath of fresh air – 28 years ago, but let’s admit it. This catchy song even back in the day was a good 30 seconds too long and by now you’ve heard it enough to never have to hear it again. Then “Engineers” hits its groove and brings the album to a passable end. The bonus tracks provide some juice. “Random” is based on the random waveform generator on a Moog synthesizer and works well enough. The most intriguing track here is his cover of “On Broadway” from “Living Ornaments ’79.” It features a massively co-opted Billy (Ultravox) Currie on viola solo in between Ultravox mark I hitting the skids and Mark II's phoenix-like ascendancy which saw them displacing their clone Numan on the charts for a good four years - a rare example of pure karma.

This album, for its lack of variety in arrangement and tempo, is a simply chore to listen to. He’s done worse, for sure, but this was an early indication that it would not be all skittles & beer with Mr. Numan. All of that optimism and goodwill from “Replicas” starts to ebb here.

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